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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 165-168

Radon measurements in water samples from western desert of Egypt using nuclear track detectors and estimation of corresponding doses


Department of Security Studies, Nuclear Security Programme, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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A S Hussein
Department of Security Studies, Nuclear Security Programme, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-0464.154879

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Radon ( 222 Rn) is a natural radioactive gas originating from U-238 series and is the decay product of radium-226, which occurs in rocks, soil, natural gas and ground water. Radon in air and domestic water supplies can cause human exposure to radiation dose both through inhalation and ingestion. Epidemiological studies have provided convincing evidence of an association between radon exposure and different types of cancer. The principal objective of this work was to determine the radon concentration in different water samples collected from the western desert of Egypt using alpha tracks method. The obtained results reveal that there is no significant public health risk from radon ingested with drinking water in the study region.


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